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2016 NATIONAL DRESSAGE PONY CUP HAFLINGER BREED AWARD AND RACHEL KING MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER! 2015 PONY CHAMPION AT THE LA EQUESTRIAN CENTER MID WINTER DRESSAGE SHOW! 2015 NATIONAL DRESSAGE PONY CUP CALIFORNIA DREAMING PRODUCTIONS FESTIVAL OF THE HORSE HIGH POINT CHAMPION!2008 NATIONAL DRESSAGE PONY CUP SECOND LEVEL CHAMPION!




   Merrick RVRW

b.4.24.2001. Walzertakt x Mystique TOF/Aristocrat TOF

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Click HERE to see Merrick and rider Celia Jansen competiting at Third Level Test 3 rides in San Juan Capistano, California.


     


New Horizons Farm is SO EXCITED to welcome the amazing FEI dressage mare Merrick RVRW (liz. Walzertakt x Mystique TOF/Aristocrat TOF) to our farm on a long term breeding lease!! Merrick has shown successfully through Prix St. George and is schooling Grand-Prix movements. Merrick has consistently place at the top of her class with numerous wins in open competition at USDF recognized dressage shows, including 4th level scores up to 66%, third level scores to 77%, and second level scores to 74%. Merrick was also ranked 17th in the nation at second level and was Reserve Champion in Region 2. Merrick has an amazing extension at the trot, and fabulous half pass, canter pirouette, piaffe and passage. Merrick was AHR Silver classified and inspected as a three-year-old. She will be presented to Westfalen in August, and possibly to Weser Ems in September.

     


Some of Merrick's accomplishments include: in 2016 Merrick ridden by Ceilia Jansen, won the Haflinger Breed Award and the Rachel King Memorial Award riding FEI level. In 2015 Merrick was Pony Champion at the Mid Winter Dressage Show in LA Equestrian Center (a National Dressage Pony Cup Partner Show), again under rider Ceilia Jansen. Celia and Merrick scored a 69.23% at Third Level Test 3, and was the 2015 National Pony Cup California Dreaming Productions Festival of the Horse High Point Champion in San Juan Capristrano, California! In 2008 Merrick, ridden by Jennifer Grant, won the second level grand championship with Merrick (70.31%) at the National Dressage Pony Cup!


Merricks's dam, Mystique TOF, is a full sister to our Mythical TOF, the dam of Myriam GHJ, our Arno daughter who passed away earlier this spring. This is a very valuable dam line in North America, with relatively few modern mares available descending from it. Mystique was National Reserve Senior Champion mare before continuing on to a successful career in pleasure driving and combined driving. Merrick's grandsire, Aristocrat TOF, is an exceptional performance stallion who has excelled in both under saddle and pleasure driving venues, and was the first stallion to achieve Gold and Elite stallion status in North America through the AHR inspection and classification program. Merrick's granddam, Malvina TOF, was one of the first Haflingers in the United States to be shown in dressage and was the first "Star" mare in North America before she died. Malvina is by liz. Andrit, considered to be one of the greatest broodmare sires in Austria.

Merrick's sire, Walzertakt, is one of the top W-line Stallions in Austria, having sired numerous licensed and approved sons, as well as World Champions there. He was on loan to North America for a short time, and sired two Gold classified mares and some outstanding Silver classified mares while he was here. Walzertakt's sire, Winterstein, was the father of the modern W-line stallion in Austria.


     

We are so incredibly grateful to Jenny Carol for entrusting us with this very special mare. Merrick will be bred to our multi Champion silver classified performance stallion, Stellar TVR for a 2019 foal. We intend to retain the filly option for our future breeding and performance program, but the colt option will be available when she is bred. We invite inquiries from people interested in a future filly option as well. We expect this combination to produce a powerhouse dressage package for the serious competitor!